Dec. 14, 1955 - July 27, 2013
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NORTH BRANCH, MN - Jeanne Mary Scheler went to be with the Lord after a 2-year battle with pancreatic cancer. She was born to Joe and Julie Kotyza on December 14, 1955, the 2nd of 6 children. She is survived by her parents; sisters, Jo (Henry Waechter), Patti (Peter Seidl) and Kay (Jeff Stoeger); brother, Kenny (Wendy); Sister-in-Kind, Kathy Ratajczak (Tony); and was preceded in death by a brother, Tom, brother-in-law, Alan, and father-in-law, Bruce. Jeanne is also survived by 8 other siblings on her husband Bernie's side as well as her mother-in-law, Rosemary Merkly. Jeanne attended school in Kewaunee, WI, and obtained a nursing degree from NWTC - Green Bay, WI, in 1976. She was previously married to Russ Meyer (survives) from February 1975 to February 1998, and had 3 children with him. Surviving her are son, Matthew Meyer (Jenny) of Bremen IN; daughter, Melanie Becker (Clark) of Hudson, WI, and daughter, Markki Meyer, a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota at Morris. She is also survived by Russ's parents, Clayton and Mary Ann Meyer. Jeanne remarried in 2000 to the true love of her life, Bernie Scheler, who survives. Living in North Branch, MN, in the home Bernie built in the 1970s, Jeanne worked as a home-ventilator care nurse for the same client for 14 years. She held the family of her client and friend, Jen Mundl, and her parents, Dick and Doris, very close; they were her "second family." Jeanne is also survived by her step-children, Ryan, step-daughter, Jill, and also Tammy Scheler. There are 8 grandchildren ages 14 and younger amongst the two blended families: Alexis, Kiara and Hunter Scheler; Jason Eads; Megan, Kiersten, Erin and Leighton Meyer. Family was a big part of Jeanne's life and spending time with her husband in nature was a top priority. She was extremely physically fit prior to her illness and was always health conscious. She was a fabulous cook and there was nothing she couldn't tackle in the kitchen. Her "from scratch" approach always surprised her family because they never knew how she got the finished product to taste so delicious! Together, Jeanne and Bernie processed almost all of their meat and a great deal of their produce. Jeanne fought her battle against pancreatic cancer with dignity and grace since the first day of diagnosis in July 2011. She is an inspiration to all because of her strength, compassion and selflessness. She will be deeply missed by many but has left an everlasting legacy behind. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:30 PM on Saturday, August 3rd, at the Roberts Family Funeral Home in Forest Lake, MN (www.robertsfamilyfh.com). Contributions in Jeanne's memory may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network through the following web link: purpleride.kintera.org/twincities/markkipr which supports awareness and research.
Published in South Bend Tribune on July 31, 2013